Elk Calf With Missing Ears. September 2018. Coyotes had begun feeding on this elk calf found in a clearing during a week-long bow hunt in Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM. The coyotes usually start feeding in the abdominal cavity, eating the kidney, liver and lungs first, then the meat. In this case they also fed on the calf's ears. Shot on assignment for New Mexico Magazine.